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Met police faces legal action over ‘irrational’ handling of Partygate

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The Metropolitan police is facing legal action over the way it handled allegations of the prime minister breaking lockdown rules by attending parties in Downing Street, the Guardian has learned. The former Met police ...

Legal smoking age in England could be raised to 21 – report

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The legal smoking age in England could reportedly be raised from 18 to 21 after a “radical” review into plans to make the country smoke-free by 2030. An independent review commissioned by the health secretary, Sajid J...

Woman ‘abused’ by MI5 agent takes legal action against service

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A woman who said she was terrorised by an MI5 agent with a background in rightwing extremism is taking legal action against the security service. Beth, not her real name, claimed the man, her former partner, attacked ...

‘Wagatha Christie’ puts England’s legal system on trial in the social media age

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The “Wagatha Christie” libel trial opened with a cry of despair from Coleen Rooney’s barrister: “This whole court might just think: why on earth are we here?” After almost two weeks of court hearings, it was a questio...

Monique Ryan to lodge legal challenge after AEC anomaly prevents thousands of Covid-positive Australians voting

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A high-profile independent candidate is planning legal action after the Australian Electoral Commission conceded an anomaly means some people – possibly in excess of 100,000 – isolating with Covid may not be able to v...

Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support

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Vanuatu’s push for the international court of justice to protect vulnerable nations from climate change has received the backing of 1,500 civil society organisations from more than 130 countries, as it heads toward a ...

Street-based sex work is now legal across Victoria

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Sex workers are now free to operate on Victoria’s streets after new laws, which are designed to make those in the industry safer, came into effect. From Tuesday, street-based sex work is now legal in Victoria except i...

Priti Patel’s Rwanda plan for UK asylum seekers faces its first legal challenge

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The first legal action has been launched against Priti Patel’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as the UN’s refugee agency raised concerns that the UK is “inviting” other European countries to adopt the same divi...

Council move against anti-Angus Taylor signs goes against third-party rights, legal experts say

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The community movement trying to unseat Hume MP Angus Taylor has been ordered to remove election signage by local government in a move legal experts say goes against the rights of third-party campaigners. Goulburn Mul...

Democrats in states across US seek to offer legal refuge to trans youth

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Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following California’s lead in seeking to offer legal refuge to displaced transgender youth and their families. The coordinated effort, which was announced on Tuesd...

Legal cases may explain why Rwanda plan is not working, suggests No 10

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Legal challenges to the policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda could be a reason why the plan has not yet, as intended, started to deter unofficial Channel crossings, Downing Street has said. After a period with...

Priti Patel faces legal action from Ukrainians stuck in visa backlog

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The UK home secretary, Priti Patel, is facing mass legal action over delays that have left thousands of Ukrainians at risk of trauma and Russian bombs, or in limbo in eastern Europe. A class action lawsuit is being pr...

Thousands of domestic abuse survivors denied help after legal aid cuts, study finds

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Tens of thousands of domestic abuse survivors have been “forced to continue living under the shadow of their abusers” in the decade since access to legal aid was scaled back, research suggests. About 34,000 people are...

Priti Patel’s Rwanda asylum seeker plan faces first legal challenge

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Priti Patel’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is facing its first legal challenge after a charity instructed lawyers to demand the disclosure of documents because of fears the policy is contrary to internation...

Priti Patel’s refugee pushback policy withdrawn days before legal review

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Priti Patel’s refugee pushback policy has been officially withdrawn by the government days before a judicial review of the tactic was due to be heard in the high court. The government’s legal department acknowledged i...

‘Today is absolutely historic’: legal marijuana sales roll out in New Jersey

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For customers at the Apothecarium dispensary, one of 13 medicinal marijuana stores in New Jersey, 4/20, the unofficial celebration of all things marijuana, came a day late. On Thursday, 21 April, recreational use of c...

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